Brian Kelly

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Council starts to backstep on oversight committee

The door is starting to slam shut on attempts to open up Langley City Hall. Councilman Hal Seligson, who joined the council in December amid promises of greater government transparency, has been working on an ad hoc committee that would provide stronger scrutiny of financial and personnel issues. And though the city council unanimously approved the creation of the new committee in February, two council members indicated this week they no longer support the proposal.

  • Mar 20th, 2011 4:05pm

Fear of nuclear fallout prompts search for potassium iodide pills

South Whidbey pharmacies are fielding a frenzy of frantic telephone calls from residents searching for potassium iodide pills to protect themselves from radioactive fallout from Japan’s crippled nuclear-power plants.

  • Mar 17th, 2011 3:37pm

South Whidbey School Board vows to take fresh look at combining schools

It may be time for a new deal, and this time, with a full deck. South Whidbey School Board members said this week they were willing to give a fresh and comprehensive look at how the district should consolidate schools.

  • Mar 12th, 2011 5:47pm

South Whidbey parks district to adjust tax levy after $78K error

South Whidbey parks officials will need to raise property taxes next year to cover a $78,000 mistake made by parks staff in calculating the proper tax levy amount last year.

  • Mar 5th, 2011 9:58pm

Same goal was target in mayor switch, vets say

City government wasn’t working, and the status quo had to go. Though their destinations were decidedly different, those involved in some of the most recent attempts in Washington state to restructure their city governments say they were after pretty much the same thing.

  • Mar 3rd, 2011 4:57pm

High winds cut power at 15 locations on Whidbey Island

High winds are sweeping across Whidbey Island today, toppling trees and branches onto roadways and disrupting ferry service from the island to the Olympic Peninsula.

  • Mar 2nd, 2011 7:53pm

UPDATE | Hunting group says it wants property as port mulls offers on sale of park land

Port of South Whidbey commissioners are moving forward with the controversial sale of a 14-acre property near Possession Point that contains the uppermost portion of the Dorothy Cleveland Trail.

  • Feb 26th, 2011 6:14pm

Port moves forward on sale of Dorothy Cleveland Trail

Port of South Whidbey commissioners are moving forward with the controversial sale of a 14-acre property near Possession Point that contains the uppermost portion of the Dorothy Cleveland Trail. At a special meeting Wednesday, port officials voted to counter a $240,000 offer from a prospective buyer of the property, with the commissioners hoping to get a protective easement from the purchaser that would cover the entire length of the trail.

  • Feb 24th, 2011 8:48pm

South Whidbey parks cuts to employee raises may help fill $100K budget hole

An unexpected drop in property tax revenues may mean a rough trail ahead for South Whidbey parks.

  • Feb 24th, 2011 6:53pm

Offer made to purchase Dorothy Cleveland Trail property

At least one offer had been made to purchase the property containing part of the Dorothy Cleveland Trail, the Port of South Whidbey announced Monday.

  • Feb 21st, 2011 9:31pm

State shares results of early Langley audit

City hall needs to do a better job of monitoring contractors, spending hotel-motel taxes, documenting public meetings and reviewing and approving ordinances, officials from the State Auditor’s Office told Langley’s leaders this week.

  • Feb 21st, 2011 9:43pm

County commissioners give approval for work on Freeland Trail

Work is expected to start next month on the next link in the bridge-to-boat trail that will one day, supporters hope, stretch from Deception Pass to the Clinton Ferry Terminal.

  • Feb 18th, 2011 5:05pm

UPDATE | Langley to talk about changing government

Mayor, former mayor skeptical of change to council-manager model of government in Langley.

  • Feb 17th, 2011 3:29pm

Parks officials to hear concerns about race proposal tonight

Birds and bikes. Can’t they all just get along? Some are worried they won’t. So South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District commissioners will talk tonight about recently raised concerns that allowing a mountain bike race at Trustland Trails will disturb birds and damage wildlife habitat.

  • Feb 16th, 2011 7:36pm

Langley park-and-ride project moves forward

The Langley City Council has OK’d an extension to an agreement that would continue work on the Langley Christian Missionary Alliance Church park-and-ride project.

  • Feb 16th, 2011 6:11pm

Langley to talk about future of mayor’s position

Langley may find out if residents want the mayor — the position, not the person — to be a fixture in the city's future next week. The League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island is hosting a "community conversation" about the form of city government from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Fellowship Hall at Langley United Methodist Church.

  • Feb 14th, 2011 7:50pm

Fleming earns regular appointment to city’s Planning Advisory Board

The Langley City Council unanimously promoted Gail Fleming from her alternative seat to a regular position on the city’s Planning Advisory Board.

  • Feb 12th, 2011 6:00pm

School board, community set out wish list for new superintendent

Job seekers are already interested in the top job in the South Whidbey School District, according to consultants who have been hired to find a replacement for departing Superintendent Fred McCarthy.

  • Feb 9th, 2011 11:48pm

Langley asks county planners for help on Langley Passage project

Langley officials have asked Island County for help on the controversial Langley Passage housing project.

  • Feb 6th, 2011 6:23pm

Keep late-night sailings on Clinton route, riders say

Most of the riders on the last ferry runs of the night are workers who don’t want those weekday sailings cut, according to a recent two-night survey of travelers done by local ferry officials.

  • Feb 3rd, 2011 6:26pm

District officials lay out potential priorities for next chief of schools

The possibilities are endless.The priorities? Well, that list is a little shorter.Consultants…

  • Feb 2nd, 2011 7:38pm

‘State of the county’ improving, Island County commissioner says

CLINTON - Only a bit of Island County is underwater, and not where you'd think. Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson gave a "state of the county" address at the Clinton Community Hall on Wednesday, and offered an upbeat assessment of county government chugging along under the strain of repeated budget cuts.

  • Jan 29th, 2011 6:48pm

Langley council undecided on reforming committees

A discussion on how council members could become better at their jobs ended in frustration last week after residents complained their concerns were still falling on deaf ears, and Langley officials said they were upset with the ongoing negativity surrounding city hall.

  • Jan 26th, 2011 6:57pm

Langley City Council approves agreement on park-and-ride

City officials are closer to inking a deal with the Langley Christian Missionary Alliance Church that would turn the church’s parking lot into a public park-and-ride lot that can handle overflow parking from downtown and the marina.

  • Jan 22nd, 2011 7:03pm

South Whidbey officials get advice for next steps on bond

South Whidbey officials get advice for next steps on bond

  • Jan 24th, 2011 4:48pm

Island County adds to state’s impressive collection of unwanted electronics

Island County residents contributed nearly a half-million pounds of unwanted electronics as part of the "E-Cycle Washington" program last year, state officials said this week.

  • Jan 13th, 2011 8:10pm

Lawyer presses city for action on Langley Passage, offers to put in sewer line to resolve concerns on impacts to Edgecliff bluff

The Langley City Council should take a final vote on the Langley Passage development, the developer's told the city in a letter sent today, or the developer will take the city to court.

  • Jan 12th, 2011 8:53pm

Deadline is today for Langley Passage project

The next step is anybody’s guess, but the next shoe is expected to drop today on Langley Passage.

  • Jan 12th, 2011 6:16pm

Board agrees to launch search for new schools superintendent

The South Whidbey School District has decided to forgo looking for an interim chief to replace departing District Superintendent Fred McCarthy, and will instead launch a search for a permanent replacement.

  • Jan 8th, 2011 6:18pm

UPDATE | Gov. Gregoire: Taxing district needed to pay for ferry system

Gov. Christine Gregoire has announced a plan to form a regional ferry district that would raise more money for the ferry system through a new government entity that could raise taxes in the nine counties served by Washington State Ferries.

  • Jan 8th, 2011 12:43am

City of Langley examines potential land swap near marina

City officials are exploring the idea of a land swap that would lead to the rerouting of Wharf Street along the Edgecliff bluff near the Langley marina.

  • Jan 8th, 2011 12:24am

Gov. Gregoire announces plan for regional ferry district

Gov. Christine Gregoire has announced a plan to form a regional ferry district that would raise more money for the ferry system through a new government entity that could raise taxes in the nine counties served by Washington State Ferries.

  • Jan 7th, 2011 6:53pm

Kwarsick picked to lead Langley Planning Department

LANGLEY — Despite initial objections over the speedy arrival of a $30,000-plus consultant contract, the Langley City Council on Monday unanimously approved an agreement to hire Larry Kwarsick as the part-time chief of the city’s planning department.

  • Jan 5th, 2011 10:10pm

Langley will look for new community planner

The city of Langley will hire a replacement for Fred Evander, the city's community planner who announced his resignation on Dec. 30.

  • Jan 4th, 2011 12:10am

Langley’s second planner tenders resignation letter; city looks to hire former county public works director

Community planner Fred Evander has resigned his job with the city of Langley.

  • Dec 30th, 2010 9:55pm

Langley council OKs lawyer’s contract

The Langley City Council unanimously approved a one-year extension to its contract with City Attorney Grant Weed at its last meeting.

  • Dec 27th, 2010 6:46pm

UPDATE | Langley police chief, head of planning department, announce departure plans

LANGLEY — Two top officials have announced their impending departures from Langley City Hall. Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg submitted a letter announcing his retirement to the mayor on Monday. And on Wednesday, Larry Cort, Langley’s planning chief, tendered a letter of resignation to the city.

  • Dec 27th, 2010 4:11pm

UPDATE | Langley mayor breaks tie on pick for new council member

LANGLEY — The Langley City Council has picked Hal Seligson to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Russell Sparkman earlier this year.

  • Dec 23rd, 2010 7:39pm

Langley planning director announces resignation, will return to Oak Harbor

Larry Cort, Langley's planning chief, has resigned from his position and will step down in January.

  • Dec 23rd, 2010 5:48pm

Langley council picks Hal Seligson for seat

LANGLEY - The Langley City Council picked Hal Seligson to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Russell Sparkman earlier this year.

  • Dec 21st, 2010 5:05am

Langley police chief submits letter of resignation

LANGLEY - Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg submitted a letter of resignation today.

  • Dec 21st, 2010 1:23am

Langley officials say candidate for council has a ‘cloud’ over candidacy

Langley officials are raising doubts about whether Kathleen Waters can be a candidate for a vacant council seat.

  • Dec 17th, 2010 5:09pm

Legal jousting continues over Langley Passage project

The courthouse or council chambers: It’s still unclear where the fate of the controversial Langley Passage project will be decided.

  • Dec 16th, 2010 7:36pm

School board to look at alternative graduation dates for SWHS

Unlike graduation gowns, one-size-fits-all may not be the case for South Whidbey High School students in the future when it comes to Graduation Day.

  • Dec 15th, 2010 7:51pm

School year may be extended on South Whidbey

Graduation Day will likely be pushed back for South Whidbey High School seniors this year.

  • Dec 15th, 2010 12:57am

School board puts kibosh on February bond rerun

Sooner, rather than later? Not in this case. South Whidbey School Board members don’t want a February rerun of the failed $25 million bond measure to pay for consolidating half-empty schools and facility repairs.

  • Dec 11th, 2010 6:06pm

Salaries may be chopped to cover cost of tree pruning in Langley

City council members are considering cutting the salaries of city employees to raise money for pruning trees around town. Langley is facing another tight budget for 2011, prompted largely by a decline in sales-tax revenues and the drop-off in building because of the sour economy.

  • Dec 9th, 2010 8:30pm

Councilwoman’s blog entry prompts calls for resignation

City Councilwoman Rene Neff’s spirited defense of a fellow council member on the council’s online blog has spurred calls for her resignation.

  • Dec 8th, 2010 5:53pm

LOOKING BACK, MOVING AHEAD: Outside experts suggest ways to improve the state ferry system

Washington State Ferries is considering changes to the way ferries are loaded and unloaded, and the modifications may mean drivers could face a set “cut-off” time for getting aboard a departing vessel. Say goodbye to squeezing aboard at the last minute. The recommendation is one of three dozen for improving the state’s ferry system made by a panel of experts from across the country. The suggestions were made at the close of a six-month examination of Washington State Ferries ordered last March by Gov. Christine Gregoire.

  • Dec 2nd, 2010 5:03pm